Can anyone explain the rationale of public funding of two different school systems? Long story short:California’s traditional public school students are bearing the cost of the state allowing charter schools to grow in number at a rapid clip. Here is a simple explanation of one aspect of the issue, in to try to convince you that charter schools are worth paying attention to: When a student transfers to a charter school, public funding for their education follows, but costs remain. This forces districts to cut services provided to traditional public school students. Oakland alone lost $67 million in “stranded costs” (heating, cooling, transportation, and other fixed costs.) because of the flooding of the district with charter schools. So far, the cost of charter schools has gone unmeasured & ignored in California educational planning. That can’t go on — students are paying the price.